Tool May Finally Be Ending Bizarre Boycott For New Album


Fans on Tool’s Reddit page have pointed out there is now a Spotify profile for Tool, but there is no music in it. Spotify recently tweeted that they hope to see Tool on Spotify in the future. Tool joining streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music will represent a huge step towards the release of their new album in 2019, as the band have discussed working on getting their music streaming, as they have been one of the last major holdouts.

UD_Ramirez posted:

“I played a few local mp3 files on my pc using Spotify and they have become available on my phone now.

I’m not 100% sure but it seems you can ‘enable’ playback by proving you have legal copies on a device connected to your account?”

seasonsinthesky commented:

“Spotify uses your local network to stream your files that aren’t in the database. If you then download them in the app on other devices, you can listen whenever. There’s nothing ‘unlocked’ from the database itself.”

UD_Ramirez also commented:

“Some clarification: The Playlist ‘Maynard James Keenan’ has Tool songs that are greyed out. Even though I was nowhere near my pc and it was turned off, I could play them. I’ll see if I can replicate later this week.”

SpotifyCares tweeted to a fan on December 19th, “Hey Abigail. We’d love to have Tool on Spotify! Hopefully we will in the future.”

Tool is on Spotify?! from r/ToolBand

  • Jake Zigan

    Clickbait. That’s all I see from A.N.

    Here’s what the article should be titled:

    “A.N. uses bizarre article title about Tool’s new album to lure readers to their site”
    There was nothing in this article about Tool’s new album, or a boycott from the band on the new album.

    • I think the ‘boycott’ from the headline is referring to them never being on streaming services.

      But yeah, this article has nothing new… unfortunate clickbait.

  • William Harmen

    To heck with Spotify, and to heck with the people that use it! You all think you should get music for free. An artist might as well throw their life’s work away as turn it over to Spotify, they get almost nothing in return. 1/10 of a penny per play. Who’s really making the money here?

    • Kevin Williams

      Let’s assume I pay $10 for a CD and then listen to one song on that CD 1000 times over my lifetime… That also works out to 1/10 of a penny per play doesn’t it?

      I pay for Spotify and I also buy CDs for the music I discover there, but I know I’m not the average music fan either. In any case, I really don’t see how a single person listening to a song a single time should be worth a ton of money. It’s not like the song was played on the radio (potentially tens of thousands of listeners in certain markets) – it’s just one person hearing it one time!

  • iLeonD

    Meh… I can’t think of anything more boring than Tool in 2018.

    • Jarek Draven


      If you can’t think of anything more boring than Tool (in which case you must’ve been really bored to click on this haha) then tell us about all the great bands that are more exciting than Tool.

    • ThenameiputInhere

      Stupid comment is stupid.

  • Laminectomies abound

    Just sell music to anyone already. Newer Computers font even have CD roms / DVD and my 2 NEW CARS HAVE ZERO CD players. So my 4 TOOL CD’s get no play. Really stupid

  • Steven Williams

    Boycott? You mean decade-long legal battle over music rights that had been ongoing with the band since before music streaming services were a thing?

  • ThenameiputInhere

    The title of this article is extremely misleading. Actually, I’m not sure what at all it has to do with anything I just read.